Diversity Mainstreaming and Civic Engagement

No matter the form – voting, volunteering, standing up for equal rights – civic engagement has and will continue to be an integral part of American democracy. Despite its importance, reports point to low levels of civic knowledge and engagement among Americans. Rachel Anderson, a professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, suggests that civic education and engagement would improve if individuals’ differing interests and perspectives were taken into consideration. What impact does diversity blindness have on civic engagement, and how can we address it? School, college, and…

Global Democratic Presidential Primary

Around the world, American citizens living abroad had the opportunity to participate in the Democrat’s Global Presidential Primary by mail, fax, email, and in person. (source) This week, American citizens around the world turned out to vote in person in the Democratic primary held by Democrats Abroad, March 1-8, 2016.  In Berlin today, expats living in Germany voted.  According to eye-witness accounts, there was a strong turn out at polling stations representing a wide range of demographic groups.  The atmosphere among the people in the crowded rooms at the polling locations has been…

Women Inspiring Women 2016

The Women Inspiring Women 2016 put on by the MGM Resorts Foundation was a great event with great speakers. Each year, they give back by donating the profit from their annual fall Women’s Leadership Conference to one or more Las Vegas community nonprofit agencies. Talk about corporate social responsibility! Yesterday, they donated $30,000 to Southern Nevada Children First, “a non profit organization created to mentor, educate and support homeless, pregnant and parenting youth and young adults while providing support services to their children.” (source) Lawyers have an important role to play in…

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